In the Government’s Aviation Policy Framework, it states the aim “to limit, and where possible, reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise.”
It is working towards this in a range of different ways, including:
• through planning decisions – there are different planning policies in England, Scotland and Wales, but all broadly aim to include limiting the impact of noise in any new development
• by working with the aviation industry to encourage the development of quieter aircraft and support airport operators in enforcing noise policies
• through the CAA’s work to licence airports and airlines, apply EU law on aircraft and manage airspace – all of which can help limit and reduce the impact of aircraft noise.
Central Government is also directly responsible for managing noise at the three of the UK’s largest and busiest airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.